Home for the holidays? That's a shame - because you shouldn't miss these special seasonal packages at hotels around the world.
- Josh Sens

1) Lake Las Vegas Resort's MonteLago Village Resort, Las Vegas
Holiday Skate, Stay & Shop 'Til You Drop, November 20, 2005, to February 14, 2006

The resort has constructed a Rockefeller Center-style skating rink and set it afloat on Lake Las Vegas. Guests receive rental skates and unlimited access to the ice. They can also enjoy holiday discounts at MonteLago Village shops. $164 per person; pass for rink time and skates is $15 per hour for adults and $10 for kids. www.lakelasvegas.com




2) The Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego
Eat Up, Tee Up, and Wind Down, November 24 and 25

This is no turkey. It's a two-night package that includes Thanksgiving dinner, a round of golf on the Inn's championship course, a pumpkin body-exfoliation spa treatment, and a “leftovers” dinner to take for the road (includes turkey sandwich, cranberry relish, pumpkin cheesecake, and more). $798 per couple. (800) 770-7329, www.ranchobernardoinn.com




3) Hotel Gansevoort, New York
White Winter Wonderland Escape, December 1, 2005, to March 1, 2006

The hotel provides you with a sled and a chauffeured ride to Central Park, where you can spend the day sliding down snow-covered slopes. That's for the child in you. For the adult, there's chocolate fondue and a bottle of Johnny Walker Black waiting back at your room. $490 to $775. (877) 426-7386, www.hotelgansevoort.com




4) Hotel Meurice, Paris
Christmas Shopping Package, December 1 to 28

The festive season turns fashionably French when some of the world's top designers take up residence at the Meurice. From December 1 through 3, famous names like Dior and Yves Saint Laurent will set up retail shops in suites throughout the hotel. To enhance the spirit of celebration, throughout the month guests will get great rates on accommodations and receive special holiday treats like an in-room Christmas tree, candles, and surprise gifts for the children. 675 euros, or roughly $800. (800) 223-6800, www.lemeurice.com




5) Camellia Inn, Healdsburg, California
The 12 Days of Christmas, December 1 to 24

All the promises of the song come true as this elegant inn celebrates the 12 days of Christmas for 24 days. Every morning, guests will receive a holiday ornament representing a gift mentioned in the famous holiday ditty, along with suitably themed breakfasts. Guests can also take part in a holiday treasure hunt that will lead them around the charming town of Healdsburg. $159 to $219. (800) 727-8182, www.camelliainn.com